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STEVE CANAVAN: The case of the 'kitchen' door is open and shut

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You can only praise the application and endeavour of the Pompey players against Swansea.

They deserved to get a win for their efforts against strong opposition on Saturday.

You can’t give Swansea time and space and the lads worked hard to deny them that in the heat.

Steve Cotterill wanted a response from certain individuals on Saturday and, to a man, I thought they worked really hard.

We deserved to win the game if you look at the 90 minutes.

There weren’t loads of clear chances but Aaron Mokoena should definitely have scored.

There were a few half chances as well, like when Angel Rangel got back to deny Kanu.

It’s the end of the season and there was nothing to play for but you wouldn’t have thought that.

There was a brilliant atmosphere and the crowd got behind the players.

It was like it was us trying to get into the play-offs.

There was a lot of reshuffling that took place.

But Kanu’s introduction when Dave Kitson came off meant he could influence the game in the calm way he does.

If Steve had more options at his disposal I think we would have won the match.

Ritchie de Laet was excellent before he came off with his injury and showed great energy and drive.

Scott Sinclair is a top player but de Laet made him look distinctly average.

I was a bit worried we had expended our energy after the start and they were biding their time but we stayed with it quite well.

Now it would be good to see Steve Cotterill get his contract situation sorted.

He’s had promises made but you never seem to know how it is going to pan out at Pompey.

At least we know things are more structured and organised than they were, with him around.

We need improvements and certainly need a few more goals going forward.

Hopefully we can do that next year with Steve at the helm.

It’s a big day today for Steve going back to Burnley, too.

He will want to go back and make a good impression.

I’m sure he would have liked a better squad going up there to give him a chance of doing that.

Hopefully the boys can pull it out of the bag for him, though.

Maybe their fans will think it will be an easy three points for them.

The lads have to lift themselves for the game after Saturday.

But once the players get today’s game out of the way they can have a few days’ rest.

It is often as tough mentally as physically getting yourself up for these games when there’s nothing left to play for.

Playing three games in a week is not too tough for them. They are capable of that.

Hopefully we’re also capable of going to Burnley and giving them a few problems.